No clear favorites as end of regular season nears
An already tight Division I boys soccer race constricted even further over a busy weekend.
Defending champion Ramstein took a loss to rising contender Patch. International School of Brussels announced its renewed relevance with a pair of wins. Kaiserslautern, SHAPE, Lakenheath and Wiesbaden all recorded key late-season victories.
Patch 2, Ramstein 1: Saturday at Stuttgart, the Panthers edged the defending champs on a late game-winner.
Micah Williams scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Dan Bacskai in the game's 74th minute.
Miguel King scored for Patch and Nick Meza scored for Ramstein to force a 1-1 first-half tie.
Patch returns to the win column after suffering its first loss of the season the previous weekend in a 2-0 setback to Naples.
International School of Brussels wins twice: The recently rebuilding Raiders continued a resurgent season, rounding out a three-win week with Friday and Saturday victories.
ISB beat Alconbury 3-0 on Friday and edged Lakenheath 2-1 on Saturday. Asgeir Ingunnarson and Ryota Nakamura scored in the narrow win over the Lancers.
The unbeaten Raiders are looking to get back in the Division I title hunt, and are well on their way with a regular season that includes wins over divisional opponents Kaiserslautern, SHAPE and Lakenheath and a tie with reigning champ Ramstein.
Wiesbaden 5, Vilseck 0: Saturday at Vilseck, the Warriors deployed some late-arriving offensive punch to continue their late-season streak.
Eric Arnold scored two goals for Wiesbaden, while Brent Bluemmert added a goal and two assists and Asante Lattimore and Jarred Edwards each notched a goal and an assist in the wire-to-wire win.
The victory was Wiesbaden's second straight after starting the season with four consecutive losses.
Kaiserslautern 8, Bitburg 0: Friday at Bitburg, Sean Dunbar scored four goals to pace a Raider blowout.
Shelton Carter scored two goals and Ryan Rimmler and Joseph Olsewski added one apiece for Kaiserslautern. The win was the third time in as many games the Raiders have won by a margin of multiple goals; they've pushed across 19 goals in that six-half span.
SHAPE 5, Brussels 0: Friday at Mons, Belgium, the Division I Spartans blanked the Division III Brigands.
Kenneth Tuth and Sebastian Sroka accounted for two SHAPE goals apiece.
The Spartans will wrap up their regular-season schedule May 9 against defending champion Ramstein.
Lakenheath 7, AFNORTH 2: Friday at Lakenheath, Elmer Ramos scored four goals as the Lancers knocked off a tough regional foe. Kyle Freany, Josh Lopez and Paul Mako joined Ramos in the scoring column, while Chris Miles distributed two assists for the Lancers.
Claudius Karich and Jesse Timmons found the net for the Lions, who suffered their first loss of the season.
AFNORTH 3, Alconbury 3: Saturday at Alconbury, a fierce northern rivalry ended in a stalemate.
The teams played to a 2-2 tie at halftime and ended full time the same way, thanks in part to strong outing from their respective goalies. Kenneth Ford made 14 saves for Alconbury, while Vladimir Kee made nine for the Lions.
Nate Dallaire scored twice for the home team while Jonah Walzer accounted for the Dragons' third goal. Timmons, Sean Price and Karich scored for AFNORTH.
Aviano 3, Sigonella 2: Saturday at Sigonella, the Saints survived a second half comeback bid from the host Jaguars.
Lorenzo King had a goal and two assists, Hayden Roers had a goal and an assist and Chase Cottingham added a goal as Aviano built a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime.
Sigonella's Peer Roch and Dylan VanWynsberghe scored in the second half in a failed but furious rally.